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Umlani Bushcamp

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine the sun setting over a dark pool filled with hippos and crocodiles. A lone water buffalo rests on the bank, lazily swishing flies. Suddenly a mama rhino appears, and skipping beside her is her baby. Then, as you sip your Amarula, your guides, Ephraim and Herbert, point to a hyena skulking along in the shadows across the pool. You... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Wow..... thank you for your poetic review of Umlani I should ask you to re write our Brochure . I liked your use of the phrase "slightly luxurious safari " I am sorry for your family who were sad to go but pleased they enjoyed it and would like to return . Herbert and Ephriam appreciate the mention. best regards... More 

Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This resort is entirely "off the grid," with only solar and generator electricity, outdoor (private) showers and toilets. Lighting is by candles and oil lams, entertainment is "bush TV," which is a bonfire around which the guests and staff tell stories at night. If you enjoy camping (sleeping rough), as my family does, you will enjoy the luxury of Umlani.... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Umlani I am happy you appreciated the "rustic luxury" and the Bush TV. Also thank you for mentioning the free shuttle with the 3 night stay. Best regards Marco More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Normally I don’t do reviews, I just tell friends about a trip and if I enjoyed it or not. 9th July 2015 will mark three years since I visited Umlani and to this very day I’m still talking about my experience at Umlani. When we arrived we from Johannesburg we had a nice lunch and then on to the vehicles... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you after all this time for writing a review of Umlani after three years you still remember all those details and talk of your experience's. Your night in the tree house alone is quite an accomplishment as not many people have braved it alone. We look forward to welcoming you back hopefully with your sister. All the best Marco More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I, along with two other friends, visited Umlani for 3 days in June. The accommodations offer the best "bush" experience without being too rustic. No electricity was no problem with a warm soft bed and hot private shower. The food was excellently prepared with a South African flare. The staff was friendly, very accommodating but without being... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

thank you very much for your super review of Umlani and describing it as best "bush" experience without being to rustic and also that it was the best part of your entire SA trip. Also that game drives where exciting ,magical and beautiful. all the best Marco More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Umlani may only be a 3-star lodge, but it provides a 5-star experience not to be missed! I am fortunate to have had many trips to the bush over the years and this was one of my favourite stays in a long time. I travelled with friends who had never been to the bush before and they loved every minute... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your detailed review of Umlani and for mentioning " 5 star experience not to be missed " which is good to hear from an experienced bush visitor. Also happy your game viewing was excellent and that Sinhle did us proud. Sorry it ended to soon and we to hope you come back soon. Best regards... More 

Boulder, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff was kind, helpful, and very knowledgeable. We can't wait to go back! Everything from the food, the drives, the rooms, were just perfect. Everyone was eager to help and please, and we felt very safe the whole time!

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review " Perfect Safari " great to hear you cant wait to come back , we would like that hopefully some day soon. all the best Marco More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Fiancé and I visited Umlani for 5 amazing days at the end of May 2015. We had never been on a safari before and were very excited about trying something new. We were not disappointed... Umlani was AMAZING! we loved the room - and having no electricity made it feel even more like living in the bush. We stayed... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

wow.....thank you for your lovely review of Umlani . It was good to meet you and I enjoyed having dinner with you to. I'm happy big Amos delivered on the game viewing and also pleased you got to see the mating white Lion. best regards Marco More 

Oregon City, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent three nights at Umlani bush camp in the company of outstanding people who made our experience so memorable. The food was great, the guides were amazing and the overall service was excellent. The atmosphere was so relaxing and the safari drives were exiting and never a disappointment. We even spent a night in the tree house, now that's... More 

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Thank you for reviewing Umlani on tripadvisor and for highly recommending us , I was happy to hear Uyaphi organised all your travel arrangements seamlessly . all the best Marco More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We're home again after a four week holiday, the highlight of which was three nights at Umlani Bushcamp. I really didn't want to go but my husband did so I tagged along - very fortunately! It really was the most marvellous experience and I just don't know where to start. We were so lucky to see "The BIg Five" thanks... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing Umlani on tripadvisor and for mentioning the details about the way of life in camp. I am happy to hear that you tagged along and then ended up enjoying it as your highlight of your trip. We (the team) appreciate your recommending us to other travelers and it would be wonderful to welcome you back one... More 

Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We absolutely loved Umlani, the wildlife we saw in 4 days was amazing and the people were all fantastic. The food was exceptional. We couldn't wait for our next game drive and wished we could have stayed longer - we will be back! This is not roughing it, even though there is no electricity (other than for charging batteries) the... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful recommendation and review on Tripadvisor . I really like your like your title " best 4 days of our lives " hopefully the Rhino's will reward you on your return visit :) all the best Marco More 

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